Changes to employment and support allowance

Issue 227 (April 2012)

Simon Osborne sets out the changes made to ESA by the Welfare Reform Act 2012, and other changes and procedures that result from them.

Tax credits changes

Issue 227 (April 2012)

Edward Graham with a reminder that a number of important changes to tax credits took effect from 6 April 2012.

Universal credit: what we know and don’t yet know

Issue 227 (April 2012)

David Simmons considers what we do and don’t know about universal credit, following the passing of the Welfare Reform Act 2012.

Welfare Reform Act 2012

Issue 227 (April 2012)

Do acts speak louder than words? Edward Graham gives a round-up of the changes on their way.

Tax credits calamity hammers 200,000 families and harms the economy

May 8, 2012

New figures today, published by HMRC, show that over 200,000 families will be losing their entire working tax credit support, worth £3,870, from 6 April 2012. The Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, Alison Garnham, said:

“This is an absolute calamity that plunges nearly half a million children deep below the poverty line. Many of these parents will now have less money in work than if they just claimed benefits. It runs directly against the consensus on the importance of making work pay and the government’s duties on child poverty.

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Recession never went away for many families

May 8, 2012

Commenting on today’s announcement by ONS of the first quarter economic data, the Chief Executive of Child Poverty Action Group, Alison Garnham, said:

“The economy may now be back in a technical recession but the truth is that for many families with children the recession had never gone away as they have endured a miserable few years coping with rising living costs, job losses, wage freezes and cuts in social protection.

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Letter to the Minister for Health and Wellbeing and DWP Minister about the social fund in Scotland 23.04.12

April 2012

CPAG in Scotland has been actively lobbying the Scottish Government and Parliament on the importance of setting up an adequate replacement to the discretionary social fund (community care grants and crisis loans) following their abolition from April 2013 under the UK Welfare Reform Act.

Further evidence to Scottish Parliament’s Committee on Welfare Reform 17.04.12

April 2012

John Dickie, Head of CPAG in Scotland gave further evidence to the Scottish Parliament's Committee on Welfare Reform.

SCoWR letter to Scottish MPs ahead of return of Welfare Reform Bill to Commons

Following Lords scrutiny of the Welfare Reform Bill, the Bill returned to the Commons in Januray 2012. SCoWR wrote a letter to all Scottish MPs urging them to support the important amendments made to the Bill by the Lords. Whilst grateful to those Scottish MPs who did vote to uphold the amendments we were extremely disappointed by the Commons decision to reject them all.